Archives for January 2013

We Are Blessed to Live in America Today

During the 2012 presidential campaign, both major parties competed to see who could paint the most negative picture of this country’s economy, society and future. This gave them a chance to blame their political enemies for the sorry state of affairs and show how their candidate was the only one who could pull us back… [More…]

Protecting the Nest Egg: Legislature to Debate Money Allocation

The three answers former speaker of the North Dakota house, Representative David Drovdal, gives when asked what the big issues coming down the pike in the upcoming legislative session are going to be don’t vary. They are: money, money and money. Who gets it, who doesn’t, and who pays for it. For the 63rd Legislative… [More…]

Economic Forecast: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees?

It’s not necessarily a problem – finding ways to spend billions of dollars. It’s a question North Dakota’s legislators aren’t taking lightly, though. And the swelling Legacy Fund is certainly the most obvious evidence of the state’s super-charged economy – and the reason economic forecasters see nothing but blue skies ahead. From energy to agriculture,… [More…]

Industry Focus: Tourism

Recently, executives representing tourism in North Dakota met at the Department of Commerce’s office in Bismarck to discuss issues the industry will face in the future.

Terry Harzinski, Bismark-Mandan Convention and Visitor Bureau; Jude Iverson, Garrison Area Community Foundation; Nicki Weissman, Harvey Area Economic Development Inc.; Nina Sneider, Buffalo City Toursim; Pam Fosse, Jamestown Civic Center;
Randy Hatzenbuhler, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation; Douglas Hevenor, International Peace Garden; Charley Johnson, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor Bureau; Leona Odermann, Medora Area Convention and Visitor Bureau; Julie Rygg, Grand Forks Convention and Visitor Bureau; Wendy Howe, Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau; Terri Thiel, Dickinson Convention and Visitor Bureau; Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitor Bureau; Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]

Mineral Rights: The Basics

Because oil was discovered in North Dakota in the early 1950s, oil and gas law in the state is relatively new and continues to evolve. As the courts interpret existing laws and new legislative statutes are enacted, revisions are made to Chapter 38 of North Dakota’s Century Code (Mining and Gas and Oil Production). “We… [More…]

North Dakota’s Steady Growth

Success doesn’t just happen by chance. As the Commerce Commissioner, I have the unique opportunity to compare our state’s amazing creation of new growth and prosperity with the past. During my short tenure as a state employee, having spent nearly 30 years of my life in the private sector, I have realized the success in… [More…]

Eric Halverson, Black Gold Farms

Executive Vice President Grand Forks What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? “Technology has certainly been a big key player. It’s been the adaption of different practices and systems that are now being utilized in agriculture. Cropping systems and grazing systems.. no-till and minimum-till … mapping of the genomes of plant species,… [More…]

Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner

Bismarck What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? In the last ten years we have seen a significant rise in the values of agriculture products.  The rise of the values of what we sell and the values of what we have to put into the crop has greatly increased the risk associated with… [More…]

Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning

President Bowman What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? Roundup. It has completely changed farming techniques since its introduction. What is the best tool ever developed for agriculture? The internet has done amazing things for the agriculture industry. We can get research information, up to the minute markets, and basically any new… [More…]

January 2013: Around the State

University of Mary and Dickinson State University Form Partnership The University of Mary has partnered with Dickinson State University (DSU) to offer master’s-level degrees in education, business, nursing and counseling in Dickinson beginning in March of this year. In addition, the colleges have agreed to explore the possibility of a 4 + 1 accelerated module.… [More…]

January 2013: Business Indicators

The number of active oil drilling rigs in the state continues to decline as older, less efficient rigs are replaced. However, despite the declining rig count, oil production and the number of producing wells continues to climb. The number of wells increased nearly 30 percent in the past twelve months; the volume of oil produced… [More…]

What is the greatest lesson your parents ever taught you?

Six executives share their thoughts:

Ashley Alderson • Executive Director, Bowman County Economic Development Corporation; Cory Fong • Tax Commissioner, North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner; Denise Magness • COO, Warner and Company Insurance; Jennifer Feist • Director of Development, Valley City, Barnes County Development Corporation; Roger Reierson • Chairman and CEO, Flint Communications; Melanie Stillwell • President/CEO, Western Cooperative Credit Union [More…]